Charles Duncan O’Neal, (top row, second from right), is one of Barbados’ ten National Heroes. (FP)
A MAN OF VISION AND DETERMINATION, Charles Duncan O’Neal used his social and professional status to change the consciousness of a nation.
After founding the Democratic League in October 1924, party member, C.A. “Chrissie” Brathwaite was elected as a representative for St Michael. This win was the entrance into the political arena and a platform to highlight social injustices.
O’Neal himself was elected to parliament in 1932 as a Member for Bridgetown. He used his political influence to improve working conditions and end the practice of child labour. He spent time educating people on the intricacies of politics to the chagrin of the ruling classes.
Through his dedicated work and insight, Charles Duncan O’Neal laid the foundations for all Barbadians to thrive.
Charles Duncan O’Neal was portrayed by John Morodore and the script was written by Assistant Information Officer, Jamal Hall.
The production was filmed in the historical and beautiful grounds of Wildey House, the headquarters of the Barbados National Trust and the costumes were provided by the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.
This series is the brain child of the BGIS’ Social Media and Web Department which is loosely conceived from the Canadian series Titans.
This segment is produced by Esther Jones and Kathyann Husbands; directed by Esther Jones; filmed by Jamal Hall, Jamal Weekes and photography directed and edited by Mikul Elcock. The creative team of Glenn Brathwaite (Wardrobe Master) Helene Headley (Hair & Makeup) and Kim Ramsay-Moore (Assistant Hair & Makeup) make the characters jump off the pages of the history books.
The crew was made up of the BGIS Social Media Department which includes: Sheena Hamilton, Sharifa Medford, Ronny Yearwood, Sharon Nelson, Aisha Reid, Jamal Hall, Jamal Weekes, Esther Jones and managed by Kathyann Husbands. (BGIS)